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VIII. The King Vultures, 30 LXXXV. A Meagre Meal, · · 380 Bengal, Young, - - .. 199

IX. The Bath, .

39 LXXXVI. A Bullet from Behind, 381 Birds as Observed by Me, 170, 407

x. The · Half-blood,' 40 LXXXVII. A Jury amid the Fire, 382 Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 155
XI. The Chase, .. 41 LXXXVIII, Quick Executioners, • 383 Blackwell, Dr Elizabeth, · · 350

XII. A Severe Sentence,

LXXXIX. An Enemy unlooked for, 394 | Blue Cave, the, . . 12

XIII. The Chase, .

Xc. A Conflict in Darkness, 395 | Board of Green Cloth, the, - 374

Xiv. Ringgold's Revenge,

xc. The Three Black Plumes, 396 | Bonspiel, the, · · · 213

xv. Maümee, · ·

XCII. Buried and Burned, • 397 | Bottles of Smoke and Wind-charts, 377

XVI. The Island, . .

XCIII. Devils or Angels? • 408 Boulogne--A Sea-side Show, 129

XVIL West Point, .

xciv. The End of Arens Ring Bread-baking, Improvement in, - 11

XVIII. The Seminoles,

gold, - -

- 409

Breaking-up à la Française, - 7

XIX. An Indian Hero,

xcv. The Death-warning, 410 Breakneckshire, Proceedings in,. 182

XX. Frontier Justice,

XCVI. Oçeola's Fate-Conclu. Breakwater, Portland and the, 81

xxi. Indian Slaves, -

sion, . . . 411 | Brother Jonathan's Pet, - - 33

XXII. A Circuitous Transaction, 92 Passenger's Log, a, . • 126 Brown, the Late Samuel, . 324
XXIII. Reflections by the Way, 93 Prize or no Prize,. .

360 Buckley, William — The Wild
XXIV. A Strange Apparition, 94 Reminiscence of Field Lanc, at, 231 White Man, - - . .
XXV. Who Fired the Shot? 105 Richter and Goethe-A Struggle | Bull's, John, Dinner at Ning-po, 166
XXVI. A Frontier Fort, • 106 for Life and Recognition, · 196 Byron and Shelley, the Last Days
XXVII. The Council, • • 107 Santa Casa of Loretto, the,. 211 of, . . . . . . 276

XXVIII. The Rising Sun, 119 Shelley and his Writings,. . 148 Cambuscan Bold, the Story of, 309

XXIX. The Ultimatum, . 120 Story of Cambuscan Bold, the, 309 Captain versus Crew, . . 109

xxx. Talk over the Table, · 122 Street-musician, the, • • 143 | Carmelites of Jesi, the, - - 228

XXXI. The Traitor Chiefs, 134 Uncomfortable Night, an, . . 67 Catalogue of the Irish Academy
XXXII. Shadows in the Water, 136 | Watching the Clock, • . 99 Museum, · · · · 163

XXXIII. Haj-Ewa, · · 137

Cattle Epidemics, . '.'..

19

XXXIV. A Pretty Plot, - 151

Channel Bridge, the, . . . 325

XXXV. Light after Darkness, 152

Chinese Tatary and Siberia, • 215

XXXVI. In Need of a Friend,· 154

Christinas Barrel of Oysters, a, 44

XXXVII. The Final Assembly, 171

City of London, the, • . 221

XXXVIII. Cashiering the Chiefs.

- Men, the, · · 251

XXXIX. The Signature of Oceola, 173

NOTICES OF BOOKS.

Clock, Watching the, . .

XL. ' Fighting Gallagher,' '188

Commissariat, the Dinner, ..

XLI. Provoking a Duel,' . 189 | Atkinson's Oriental and Western

Comte, Personal Recollections of

XLII. The Challenge, . 190

Siber

. . . 215 Auguste, •

XLIII. The Assignation, - 191

,

Brace's Norso Folk, . .

Consummation of Smoke-baming, 234

XLIV. An Eclaircissement, 202 Brown's Lectures on the Atomic Cookery and Cooks, . .

XLv. Two Duels in One Day, 203

Theory, &c., · · · · Co-operation, Progress of, .. 70

XLVI. A Silent Declaration, 204

Butler's Nothing to Wear, .

Country-house and its Tenants, My, 84

XLVII. The Captive, . . 217

Drayson's Sporting Scenes amongst Craz-fast, . . . . 280

XLVIII. The War-cry, - - 218

the Kaffirs of South Africa, 25 Credit-system, the, . . . 49

XLIX. War to the Knife, . 219

English Hearts and Hands, • 169 Criticism on Shakspeare, French--

L. Tracing a Strange Horsc-

Shelley and his Writings, '. - 148
man, - - . 220 Torquemada's 'Garden of Flowers,' 402 Curiositics of Steam-power, .
LI. Who was the Rider! 236 Trelawny's Recollections of the

Curling-match--The Bonspiel,

LII. Cold Courtesy, · · 237

Last Days of Shelley and Byron, 276 Desert, Afar in the, .

LIII. My Sister's Spirit, •

Walker's Facts for Factories,

238

W9 Dinner Commissariat, thc,

Liv. Asking an Explanation, 239

Wilson's Three Weeks' Scamper Dipsomania, • • • . 201

iv. The Volunteers, ..

through the Spas of Germany,&c., 159

Dipsomaniacs, . . . .

320

LVI. Mysterious Changes, 255

Dropping an Acquaintance, 305

LVII. My Informant, • . 255

Dutch Poetesses, - .

139

LVIII. Old Hickman, . 266

Economy, Political, ..

225

LIX. A Hasty Messenger, · 263

Editors of Chambers's Journa

L.X. A Lover's Gift, . 265

the, · · · ·

LXI. The Route, - - 285

Elegant Extracts, . ..

LXII. A Knock on the Head, 286 MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES OF | English Hearts and Hands,
LXIII. An Indian Executioner, 287 INSTRUCTION AND ENTERTAIN- | Epidemics, Cattle, -

::. - 19

LXIV, A Banquet with a bad

MENT.

Exccutioner's Little Bill, an, . 224

Ending, - - - 299

Eyes, a Plea for the, . . 357

Lxv. 'Dade's Massacre,' , 301 Acquaintance, Dropping an,

Facts for Factories-Captain tersus
LxvI. The Battle-ground, - 302 | Adriatic-Brother Jonathan's Pet33 Crew, . . . . . 109

LXVII. The Battle of Ouithla • Afar in the Desert,' . • • 25 Favours Returned, - . . 385

coochee, • . . 303 Alarms, Mrs B.'s, • . - 193 Field Lane, a Reminiscence of, · 231

LXVIII. A Victory ending in a All for a Penny,. . . . 415 Française, Breaking-up à la, •

Retreat, • . - 316 Amateur Politicians, . . 113 French Criticism on Shakspeare-

LXIX. Another · Swamp-fight,' 317 | Animalcules, Polygastric, . - 14

Lxx. The Talk, · · · 318 Arts and Science -

'Garden of Flowers, the,' . • 402

LXXI. Mysterious Disappear-

* 74, 140, 206, 270, S48, 413 General's Nephew, the, · · 321

ance of an Army, - 319 | Arts, on Squinting as One of the, Generation, Silence for a, . . 369

LXXII. The Condition of Black Ascent, a Tremendous,

Gentle Reader. the. .

401

Jake, . . . 332 Assortment of Surnames, an, - 391 | Gentlewomen of Scotland, Indigent, 143
LXXI. A Sad Spectacle, . 333 Babooism, · · · ·

Gheel, the Village of, - - 273
Lxxiv. To the Trail, . 334 Baby, the Old, . . . 227 Goethe and Richter-A Struggle

Lxxv. The Alarm, . . 335 Baker Street, a Voice from, 214 for Life and Recognition, · 196
LXXVL False Alarm.
344 Ball-practice, Long,

180 Going out to Play, - - - 145
1XXVII. A 'Split Trail, - 345 Banking, the Scotch System of, - 24 Grandenigo's Daughters, the Baron, 376
LXXVIII. Crossing the Savanna, 346 Baron Grandenigo's Daughters, Green Cloth, the Board of, . 374
LXXIX. Groping among the

the, . . . . . 376 Grouse? What has become of the, 86
Timber, • - .. 347 | Barrel of Oysters, a Christmas, · 44 Guinea-pigs, the, . . . 278
Lxxx. Signal Shots, . . 363 Beasts in Ancient Rome, the Train Hearts and Hands, English, • 169
LXXXI. An Empty Cainp, 364 ing of, · · · · 339 Hints to Novelists, . . . 327
LXXXII. A Dead Forest, 365 Beauties, Shakspeare's, . . 53 Hire, the Labourer and his, - 6
LXXXII. A Circular Conflict, . 366 Beckenham-English Hearts and Historical Sketch of Solar Spots, 307
LXXXIV. A Dead Shot by Jake, 379 Hands, . . . . . 169 | Horse-tamers-A 'Rarey' Show, 261

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Hospital-lifc, . . . 297 Oysters, a Christmas Barrel of, · 44 Struggle for Life and Recognition, a, 196
Improvement in Bread-baking, . 11 Palace, a Merchant's, .

312 Super-marine Telegraph, the, 62
Incumbent, a Lancashire, . 111 | Paradoxes, Popular, · · · 161 Superstitions, Northern, . - 185
India-The Zemindar, . . 65 Parisian Soirée, a, ·

· 353 Surnames, an Assortment of, - 391
Indictments, · .' 36 Passenger's Log, a, · · · 126 Tenants, My Country-house and its, 84
Indigent Gentlewomen of Sest Penny, All for a, . .

Theatricals, a Word on, · 24
land, • .
143 Personal Recollections of A

guste

Thief, My, . . . . 157
Ingleborough Within, . . 341 Comte, - . . .

Town, Night-view of a Negro, . 88
Insane—The Village of Gheel, 273 Pet, Brother Jonathan's, . 33 Towns of Yorkshire, the Lost, 123
Irish Academy Museum, Catalogue ---, Our Lost, . . . . 337 Training of Beasts in Ancient
of the, . . . .

rogre

372 Rome, the, - - - - 339
Jesi, thé Carmelites of, . . 228 | Play, Going Out to, . . . 145 Tremendous Ascent, a, . .
John Bull's Dinner at Ning-po, 166 Plea for the Eyes, . -

357 Trial by Ordeal in the 19th Century,292
Labourer and his Hire, the, .. Poetesses, Dutch, - - - 139 Turkey, the Slave-trade in,
Lake on the Moors, the, .

Political Economy, · · · 225 | Turkish Railways, - .
Lancashire Incunbent, a, . . 111 Politicians, Amateur, · · 113 Uncomfortable Night, an, .
Last Days of Byron and Shelley, Polygastric Animalcules, . 14 Unravelled Mystery, an, .

the, - . . . . . Portland and the Breakwater, · 81 Victoria Bridge at Montreal, .
Letter-To the Editors of Cham Prize or no Prize, . . . 360 Village of Gheel, the, . .
bers's Journal, ·

367 Proceedings in Breakneckshire, • 182 Voice from Baker Street, a, . 214
Light Question, the, .

294 Progress of Co-operation, . 70 • Want Something to Read,' . 289
Literary History, a Sketch of, . 196 Purgatory of Prisoners, the, - 258 Watching the Clock, · · · 99
Log, a Passenger's, . . 5 Quotation, . . . . 17 | Waters, Mineral, . . . 159
London, the City of, . . 221 Railways, Turkish, · · 387 Wear, Nothing to, - - .. 296
Long Ball-practice, .. 180 'Rarey Show, a, . . . 261 | What has become of the Grouse? 86
Loretto, the Santa Casa of, . 211 | 'Read, Want Something to,' - 289 | Wild White Man, the, . . 177
Lost, . . .

97 Reader, the Gentle, . . 401 | Wind-charts and Bottles of Smoke, 377
Towns of Yorksh

123 Reminiscence of Field Lane, a, 231 Woman's Thoughts about Women
Man, the Wild White,

177 Richter and Goethe-A Struggle -To the Editors of Chambers's
Manchester-The City of Men, 251 for Life and Recognition, . 196 Journal, · · · · · 367
Marriages, Births, and Deaths, . 15) Ride across Sardinia, a, ·

405 World, the Sporting, . . 241
Mechanical Self-control, .. 244 Rome, the Training of Beasts in Writings, Shelley and his, · · 148
Men, the City of, - . .

Ancient, . . . . . 339 | Yarn about Spinning, a, • .
Merchant's Palace, a, . . 312 Rose, a Migratory, . . . 344 Yorkshire, the Lost Towns of,
Migratory Rose, a, · · · 344 Ryot, the, · · · - · 132 Young Bengal, · · · · 199
Mind, Something on My,
389 Sahib, Nana, .

- 223 Zemindar, the, . . .
Mineral Waters, -

159 Santa Casa of Loretto, the, . 211
Misletoe-bough, the, . . 101 Sardinia, a Ride across, . .
Mrs B.'s Alarms, .

193 Science and Arts-
Money, an Ocean of, .

74, 140, 206, 270, 348, 413
Month, the: Science and Arts-

Scotland, Indigent Gentlewomen of, 143
74, 140, 206, 270, 318, Sea-side Show, a, • - 129
Montreal, Victoria Bridge at,

Self-control, Mechanical, . 214
Moors, the Lake on the, • • 21 Shakspeare, French Criticism on-

ANECDOTES AND PARAGRAPHS.
Mudbury Bottom, ·

215, 368
Museum, Catalogue of the Irish Shakspeare's Beautics, . . 53 Air, Pure, • .
Academy, · ·

163 Shelley and Byron, the Last Days of, 276 Ballygarriffe, Church Affairs at,'
My Country-house and its Tenants, 84 - and his Writings, · · 148 Coal, Artificial, · · · · 304
- Thief, · · . . . 157 Show, a 'Rarey,' . . . 261 Conventional Reputations, . 15
Mystery, an Unravelled, . 101 Siberia and Chinese Tatary, - 245 Cup of Tea, a Royal, . ' . .
Nana Sahib, · ·

- 223 Silence for a Generation, . 369 | Deaths in England, Unnatural,
Natural History, Notes on, - 283 Silver in the Sea-An Ocean of Editors of Chambers's Journal, To
Nephew, the General's, . . Money, · · · · · 118 the, . . . . .
Night, an Uncomfortable, . Sir, . . . . . 257 | Executioner's Little Bill, an, -

o Town,

88 Slave-trade in Turkey, the, . 264 Ink of the Ancients, the, . .
Ning-po, John Bull's Dinner at, Smoke, Bottles of, and Wind-charts, 377 Life-boat Institution, Royal Na-
Northern Superstitions, . '. 185 Smoke-burning, Consummation of, 234 tional, . . .
Nothing to Wear, - . 296 Soirée, a Parisian, : : 353 Many Thoughts on Many Things,
Novelists, Hints to, · · Solar Spots, Historical Sketch of, 307 Richmond Dinner Three Hundred
Occasional Notes
Something on My Mind, · · 389 Years ago, a, • .

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A Word on Theatricals, · Spinning, a Yarn about, - 329 Sea-sickness, Theory of, - . 344
The Scotch System of Banking, Sporting World, the, ·

241 | Stage Burlesques, - - ..
Ocean of Money, an, · · ·

118 Squinting as One of the Arts, on, 209 | Toad-worship, . . .
Old Baby, the, • -

Steam-power, Curiosities of, 95 Victoria Bridge at Montreal, ..
Ordeal, “Trial by, in the 19th Story of Cambuscan Bold, the, 309 Weather of 1857, the, . .
Century. · · ·

292 Street-musician, the, · · · 143 Weeds, . . . . .

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a new theory of life? Men looked upon a land where OÇ E O LA:

the leaves never fell, and the flowers never faded. The A ROMANCE.

bloom was eternal-eternal the music of the birds. BY CAPTAIN MAYNE REID.

There was no winter-no signs of death or decay. CHAPTER 1.- THE FLOWERY LAND.

Natural, then, the fancy, and easy the faith, that in LINDA FLORIDA! fair land of flowers !

such fair land man too might be immortal. Thus hailed thee the bold Spanislı adventurer, as, The delusion has long since died away, but not standing upon the prow of his caravel, he first caught the beauty that gave birth to it. Thou, Florida, art sight of thy shores.

still the same still art thou emphatically the land It was upon the Sunday of Palms—the festival of of flowers. Thy groves are as green, thy skies as the flowers-and the devout Castilian beheld in the bright, thy waters as diaphanous as ever. There is a fit emblem of the day. Under the influence of no change in the loveliness of thy aspect. a pious thought, he gave thee its name, and well And yet I observe a change. The scene is the deservedst tlou the proud appellation.

same, but not the characters! Where are they of that That was three hundred years ago. Three full red race who were born of thee, and nurtured on thy cycles have rolled past, since the hour of thy baptismal bosom? I see them not. In thy fields, I behold ceremony; but the title becomes thee as ever. Thy white and black, but not red-European and African, floral bloom is as bright at this hour as when Leon but not Indian—not one of that ancient people who landed upon thy shores--ay, bright as when the were once thine own. Where are they? breath of God first called thee into being.

| Gone! all gone! No longer tread they thy flowery Thy forests are still virgin and inviolate; verdant paths--no longer are thy crystal streams cleft by the thy savannas; thy groves as fragrant as ever- keels of their canoes-no more upon thy spicy gale is those perfumed groves of aniseed and orange, of borne the sound of their voices—the twang of their myrtle and magnolia Still sparkles upon thy plains bowstrings is heard no more amid the trees of thy the cerulean ixia ; still gleam in thy waters the golden forest : they have parted from thee far and for ever. nymphæ; above thy swamps yet tower the colossal But not willing went they away-for who could cypress, the gigantic cedar, the gum, and the bay-tree; leave thee with a willing heart? No, fair Florida ; still over thy gentle slopes of silvery sand wave long. thy red children were true to thee, and parted only in leaved pines, mingling their acetalous foliage with sore unwillingness. Long did they cling to the loved the frondage of the palm. Strange anomaly of veget scenes of their youth; long continued they the conflict ation; the tree of the north, and the tree of the of despair, that has made them famous for ever. south-the types of the frigid and torrid-in this thy Whole armies, and many a hard struggle, it cost the mild mid-region, standing side by side, and blending pale-face to dispossess them; and then they went not their branches together!

willingly—they were torn from thy bosom like wolf-cubs Linda Florida! who can behold thee without pecu- from their dam, and forced to a far western land. Sad liar emotion? without conviction that thou art atheir hearts, and slow their steps, as they faced toward favoured land ? Gazing upon thee, one ceases to the setting sun. Silent or weeping, they moved onward. wonder at the faith-the wild faith of the early In all that band, there was not one voluntary exile. adventurers—that from thy bosom gushed forth the No wonder they disliked to leave thee. I can well fountain of youth, the waters of eternal life!

comprehend the poignancy of their grief. I too have No wonder the sweet fancy found favour and cred- enjoyed the sweets of thy flowery land, and parted ence; no wonder so delightful an idea had its crowds of from thee with like reluctance. I have walked under devotees. Thousands came from afar, to find rejuven- the shadows of thy majestic forests, and bathed escence by bathing in thy crystal streams-thousands in thy limpid streams — not with the hope of sought it, with far more eagerness than the white metal rejuvenescence, but the certainty of health and of Mexico, or the yellow gold of Peru: in the search, joy. Oft have I made my couch under the canopy thousands grew older instead of younger, or perished of thy spreading palms and magnolias, or stretched in pursuit of the vain illusion; but who could wonder? myself along the green-sward of thy savannas; and,

Even at this hour, one can scarcely think it an with eyes bent upon the blue ether of thy heavens, illusion; and in that age of romance, it was still easier have listened to my heart repeating the words of the of belief. A new world had been discovered, why not eastern poet:

Oh! if there be an Elysium on earth, * Right of Translation reserved.

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the timid creature to start over the ground, and press CHAPTER II.

closer to its mother, and sometimes to my sister, for

protection. THE INDIGO PLANTATION.

The scene has its accompaniment of music. The My father was an indigo planter; his name was golden oriole, whose nest is among the orange-trees, Randolph. I bear his name in full-George Randolph. gives out its liquid song; the mock-bird, caged in the

There is Indian blood in my veins. My father was verandah, repeats the strain with variations. The gay of the Randolphs of Roanoke-hence descended from mimic echoes the red cardinal and the blue jay, both the Princess Pocahontas. He was proud of his Indian fluttering among the flowers of the magnolia; it mocks ancestry-almost vain of it.

the chatter of the green paroquets, that are busy with It may sound paradoxical, especially to European the berries of the tall cypresses down by the water's ears; but it is true, that white men in America, who edge; at intervals it repeats the wild scream of the have Indian blood in them, are proud of the taint. Spanish curlews that wave their silver wings overhead, Even to be a half-breed' is no badge of shame or the cry of the tantalus heard from the far islets of particularly where the sang mêlé has been gifted with the lake. The bark of the dog, the mewing of the fortune. Not all the volumes that have been written cat, the hinny of mules, the neighing of horses, even bear such strong testimony to the grandeur of the the tones of the human voice, are all imitated by this Indian character as this one fact--we are not ashamed versatile and incomparable songster. to acknowledge them as ancestry!

The rear of the dwelling presents a different aspect Hundreds of white families lay claim to descent - perhaps not so bright, though not less cheerful. from the Virginian princess. If their claims be just, Here is exhibited a scene of active life-a picture of then must the fair Pocahontas have been a blessing to the industry of an indigo plantation. her lord.

A spacious enclosure, with its 'post-and-rail'fence, I think my father was of the true lineage; at all adjoins the house. Near the centre of this stands the events, he belonged to a proud family in the old pièce de résistance a grand shed that covers half an dominion ;' and during his early life had been sur-acre of ground, supported upon strong pillars of wood. rounded by sable slaves in hundreds. But his rich Underneath are seen huge oblong vats, hewn from the patrimonial lands became at length worn out-profuse great trunks of the cypress. They are ranged in threes, hospitality well-nigh ruined him; and not brooking one above the other, and communicate by means of an inferior station, he gathered up the fragments of spigots placed in their ends. In these the precious his fortune, and moved' southward—there to begin plant is macerated, and its cerulean colour extracted. the world anew.

Beyond are rows of pretty little cottages, uniform in I was born before this removal, and am therefore size and shape, each embowered in its grove of orangeà native of Virginia ; but my earliest impressions of trees, whose ripening fruit and white wax-like flowers & home were formed upon the banks of the beautiful fill the air with perfume. These are the negro cabins. Suwanee, in Florida. That was the scene of my Here and there, towering above their roofs in upright boyhood's life-the spot consecrated to me by the attitude, or bending gently over, is the same noble joys of youth and the charms of early love.

palm-tree that ornaments the lawn in front. Other I would paint the picture of my boyhood's home. houses appear within the enclosure, rude structures of Well do I remember it: 60 fair a scene is not easily hewn logs, with clap-board' roofs : they are the stable, effaced from the memory.

the corn-crib, the kitchen-this last communicating A handsome 'frame'-house, coloured white, with with the main dwelling by a long open gallery, with green Venetians over the windows, and a wide shingle roof, supported upon posts of the fragrant red verandah extending all round. Carved wooden por cedar. ticoes support the roof of this verandah, and a low Beyond the enclosure stretch wide fields, backed by balustrade with light railing separates it from the a dark belt of cypress forest that shuts out the view of adjoining grounds-from the flower parterre in front, the horizon. These fields exhibit the staple of cultithe orangery on the right flank, and a large garden vation, the precious dye-plant, though other vegetation on the left. From the outer edge of the parterre, a appears upon them. There are maize-plants and sweet smooth lawn slopes gently to the bank of the river- potatoes (Convolvulus batatas), some rice, and sugarhere expanding to the dimensions of a noble lake, with cane. These are not intended for commerce, but to distant wooded shores, islets that seem suspended in provision the establishment. the air, wild-fowl upon the wing, and wild-fowl in the The indigo is sown in straight rows, with intervals water.

between. The plants are of different ages, some just Upon the lawn, behold tall tapering palms, with bursting through the glebe with leaves like young pinnatifid leaves-a species of oreodoxia-others with trefoil; others full grown, above two feet in height, broad fan-shaped fronds—the palmettoes of the south; resemble ferns, and exhibit the light-green pinnated behold magnolias, clumps of the fragrant illicium, and leaves which distinguish most of the leguminosceradiating crowns of the yucca gloriosa-all indigenous for the indigo belongs to this tribe. Some shew their to the soil. Another native presents itself to the eye papilionaceous flowers just on the eve of bursting; -a huge live-oak extending its long horizontal boughs, but rarely are they permitted to exhibit their full covered thickly with evergreen coriaceous leaves, and bloom. Another destiny awaits them; and the hand broadly shadowing the grass beneath. Under its shade, of the reaper rudely checks their purple inflorescence. behold a beautiful giri, in light summer robes-her. In the enclosure, and over the indigo-fields, a hair loosely coifed with a white kerchief, from the hundred human forms are moving; with one or two folds of which have escaped long tresses glittering with exceptions, they are all of the African race-all slaves. the hues of gold. That is my sister Virginia, my They are not all of black skin-scarcely the majority only sister, still younger than myself. Her golden of them are negroes. There are mulattoes, samboes, hair bespeaks not her Indian descent, but in that she and quadroons. Even some who are of pure African takes after our mother. She is playing with her pets, blood are not black, only bronze-coloured; but with the doe of the fallow deer, and its pretty spotted the exception of the 'overseer’ and the owner of the fawn. She is feeding them with the pulp of the sweet plantation, all are slaves. Some are hideously ugly, orange, of which they are immoderately fond. Another with thick lips, low retreating foreheads, flat noses, favourite is by her side, led by its tiny chain. It is and ill-formed bodies; others are well proportioned; the black fox-squirrel, with glossy coat and quivering and among them are some that might be accounted tail. Its eccentric gambols frighten the fawn, causing good-looking. There are women nearly white

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